Egypt Interior Minister Honors Police Deaths, Rejects Police Purification but Promises Restructure

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Cairo, Egypt | March 25, 2012

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim handed medals and appreciation certificates to 85 families of 2011 police who have died in a ceremony held on Sunday, March 25, in Cairo.

The Interior Minister commended the national role of the deceased police officers and security men who sacrificed their lives for the security of their nation.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"The state honors the police martyrs by granting them medals, which is considered an appreciation for them and indication of the state's care for them and understanding of their positive national role in confronting the elements of evil that are still spreading corruption. However, we're still persistent on confronting them all until we achieve stability, Allah willing."

On the other hand, Ibrahim reaffirmed complete rejection of the calls for "police purification", represented in demands of dismissals of police leaderships, particularly those believed to be too old or too connected to the former regime.

Ibrahim yet assured that the ministry is undergoing a process of police restructure to enhance the authority's efficiency.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"Police purification is rejected by the leadership, officers and security men of the Ministry of Interior. We're working on the police restructure. We cannot dismiss leadership over night from an authority representing the state's sovereignty and backbone. We said that the officers doing jobs that can be done by civilians could be replaced with civilian and use the officers in security tasks. However, civilians should work under police leadership due to the relevance of their work to security, such as the Passport Authority."

The Interior Minister also talked about the controversial issue of soccer violence in Port Said that killed at least 74 early February and said that Egypt's Football Association (EFA) imposed the slightest sanctions on Port Said's Al-Masry, causing more anger and dissatisfaction of Al-Ahly Ultras, particularly the family members of victims.

He reaffirmed that the police authority is restoring its role and is persistent on maintaining the country's stability.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 25, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 25, 2012
Length: 0:02:50
Video Size: 140 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Medium shot, flag of Egypt and flag with logo of Interior Ministry
2. Medium shot, logo of Interior Ministry
3. Close up, a board with photos of police who have died, reading on top "Police Martyrs 2011"
4. Various shots of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim handing over medals and certificates of appreciations to family members of police martyrs
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"The state honors the police martyrs by granting them medals, which is considered an appreciation for them and indication of the state's care for them and understanding of their positive national role in confronting the elements of evil that are still spreading corruption. However, we're still persistent on confronting them all until we achieve stability, Allah willing."
6. Various shots of the attendees
7. Tilt up, a woman holding a photo of her martyred son
8. Various shots of the attendees
9. Medium shot, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim handing over medals and certificates of appreciations to family members of police martyrs
10. Pan right of the attendees
11. Medium shot, a board with photos of police martyrs
12. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim:
"Police purification is rejected by the leadership, officers and security men of the Ministry of Interior. We're working on the police restructure. We cannot dismiss leadership over night from an authority representing the state's sovereignty and backbone. We said that the officers doing jobs that can be done by civilians could be replaced with civilian and use the officers in security tasks. However, civilians should work under police leadership due to the relevance of their work to security, such as the Passport Authority."
13. Various shots of a press conference held by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim
14. Various shots of Interior Minister leaving after the press conference

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